Know your options
Avastin, also known as bevacizumab, is a targeted therapy for the treatment of a number of different cancers. Recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) is a type of brain cancer that has come back after initial treatment. For patients with this type of brain cancer, Avastin is given alone.
Ask your doctor if Avastin is right for you.
How Avastin Works
Avastin is not a cure for brain cancer. In a clinical study, the majority of patients who were receiving steroids, (a type of medicine to reduce swelling and pressure in the brain) were able to reduce their steroid dosage over time while receiving Avastin.
Avastin works by blocking an important growth factor called vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF. This disrupts blood flow to the cancer, restricting the supply of nutrients that it needs to grow and spread.
To learn about Avastin, download the Avastin patient booklet by clicking here.
Possible side effects of Avastin
Everyone reacts differently to Avastin, so it’s important to know what the side effects are. Some people may have serious side effects – however, most do not.
How to access Avastin
If you have health insurance, carefully check what is covered – every health insurance provider has different rules and benefits that cover cancer treatment, surgery, tests and appointments.
Roche has created a Cost Share Programme which offers assistance with the cost of the medicine. The Avastin Cost Share Programme caps the cost of the medicine after a number of doses or cost. Once a patient reaches the cap, Roche will provide ongoing Avastin at no cost. However, other costs (such as doctor fees and administration costs) will still apply.
Ask your doctor if Avastin is right for you and how the Cost Share Programme could make it more affordable for you.
Ready to take the next step?
As every situation is different, it’s important to speak to your doctor to find out if Avastin is right for you.
We’ve put together a discussion guide to help you begin a conversation with your doctor. Print it off, take it along to your next appointment, and take notes in the spaces provided.
Talking to your doctor about Avastin
For further information about private treatment providers click here.
You can also talk to your current doctor about referral to a private doctor or treatment centre.